Chapter

Put out even more flags

Arthur Aughey

in The Politics of Englishness

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068720
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719068720.003.0011
Put out even more flags

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the politics, legends and anxieties of Englishness. It comments on the public display of English flags in the 2002 World Cup and suggests that the ubiquity of the Cross of St. George has diluted any partisan political intent. The chapter contrasts the English case with that of Northern Ireland, where flags are used either to demarcate territory by the proclamation of allegiance or to intimidate and deter outsiders. It contends that the idiom of English politics and the legends of Englishness have been modified and will continue to be modified. What England has thought of itself has induced not only complacency but also anxiety, and these complacencies and anxieties have informed the tone in which the national conversation has been conducted and will continue to be conducted.

Keywords: Englishness; English flags; 2002 World Cup; St. George; Northern Ireland; English politics

Chapter.  5590 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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